The second of the "Big 3" Taste of Vail events is a festival favorite that is unique to Vail.  Every food and wine festival has a Grand Tasting, but not every festival has a Mountain Top Picnic at 10,350 feet with panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains.  On Friday April 8, festival goers will ski or ride the gondola to Eagle's Nest for the short walk over to the specially hand built snow arena filled with food and wine tents. Gourmet "picnic" fare is served up by local high-end restaurants with plenty of wineries (and a brewery or two) available serving refreshments.  Our favorites bites from last year - fish tacos, gourmet sliders and grilled quail.  The event goes from 12:30 - 2:30pm and is included in your festival pass. 

**Lodge at Lionshead has discounted rates available and will buy you (1) Sampler festival pass when you reserve a 2 or 3 bedroom condominium.  Click here for details.**

Mountain Top Picnic Insider Tips... 
  • Arrive early - there will be a line and wineries will run out of product before 2:30pm
  • Wear your ski clothes (layers) and ski boots/ snow boots
  • Bring sunscreen
  • If you plan on sampling a lot of wine, forget about skiing & ride the gondola down
  • Remember to hydrate - there are bottles of still & sparkling water everywhere
  • Bring your camera
  • ENJOY!